AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some northbound lanes of MoPac are closed for crews working on underpass and realignment construction. The road will be reduced to two lanes for the next six months along MoPac at Enfield Road.
The northbound MoPac lanes at the Lady Bird Lake Bridge will be realigned creating a curve that forces driver to slow down to 50 mph. Realignment work started Feb. 19 at 10 p.m., closing Cesar Chavez and the 6th Street ramp. Officers will be in the area detouring drivers.
Beginning Feb. 20, at Enfield Road, MoPac will be reduced down to two lanes. The construction crews will be excavating an underpass leading drivers on Cesar Chavez Street leaving downtown Austin to the new express northbound lanes. For drivers traveling on MoPac, be aware that the right lane going northbound in the affected area will be an Enfield Road exit only.
One driver we spoke to exits at Enfield Rd. before, she says, all the traffic starts. Now she says that won’t be as easy.
“It’s obviously going to prolong the traffic so I do know that maybe I won’t be able to just exit and then just not get in the traffic,” said driver Gina Gutierrez.
Drivers should also be aware that the construction zone has reduced speeds to 50 miles per hour.
“During the course of this project we’ve done our best to minimize construction impacts in the corridor,” says Steve Pustelnyk Director of Community Relations for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. “In this case we spent months looking at all of the options available to us. We determined this approach provided the greatest overall community benefit by speeding up construction and limiting impacts to adjacent residents.”